A few more walls in Harrisburg soon will be beautified and brightened by the work of talented muralists.
Sprocket Mural Works announced two upcoming projects, including a mural on the new Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg location and Mid Penn Bank in Steelton.
“As Sprocket approaches the benchmark of nearly 50 murals completed in the city of Harrisburg, it is incredibly rewarding to partner with long-time mural supporters such as Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, as well as first-time mural sponsors such as Mid Penn Bank,” said Megan Caruso, Sprocket’s co-founder and president. “We invite the public to keep an eye out for their fun murals, being created this July.”
The partnership with Recycle Bicycle, an organization that provides free bikes and bike repair to Harrisburg residents, is a meaningful one for Sprocket. One of the nonprofit’s first murals was painted at Recycle Bicycle’s previous location in Uptown Harrisburg.
The new mural on Recycle Bicycle’s building on Chestnut Street in Allison Hill will pay homage to the original, painted both times by Harrisburg artist Ralphie Seguinot. He will utilize some of the same stencils he created and hand-cut for the previous mural and design it to wrap around the building’s front and side.
“Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg was grateful to have a mural on our old Atlas Street building, and the public has come to associate our organization’s identity with murals,” said Jenifer Donnelly of Recycle Bicycle. “We are excited to continue that relationship—it is our hope that we can bring some brightness to our new neighborhood where we already see the gratitude in those receiving and fixing their bicycles.”
Recycle Bicycle held a fundraising campaign this past May to align with National Bike Month and to help pay for the cost of the mural.
This mural is just one of many projects that are part of Sprocket’s 2021 Harrisburg Mural Festival. It also includes creating a pocket park in Midtown, adding two new murals to Strawberry Square and painting a mural to celebrate Black lives. Sprocket already completed a planter painting project in Allison Hill.
Coming soon, Sprocket also will undertake its first project in Steelton, painting a 10-foot-tall wall on Mid Penn Bank along Front Street. The mural’s theme and artist will be unveiled later this month.
“We are looking forward to seeing the mural design develop from the community’s voices and input, and to showcase a beautiful piece of public art at our facility,” said Heather Hall, Mid Penn Bank executive vice president and market president.
Sprocket, an all-volunteer organization, is currently looking for community volunteers to prep the festival’s upcoming mural sites.
“Nearly 500 volunteers have donated their time to Sprocket’s projects over the past seven years,” said Meghan Weaver, Sprocket’s volunteer coordinator. “People generally volunteer because they’re appreciative of public art in the city, as we become a hub for murals. We are grateful for their support.”
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